After some close shaves with financial oblivion, the owner of this West Country tourist business, founded on a heritage fleet of rear-engined Bristols, appears to have found success. CHRISTOPHER CARTER tells his story so far and outlines the routes and vehicles he intends to operate in the coming summer season.

TDL 564K, the open-top ECW-bodied Bristol RELL6G, climbing Swan Hill Road, Colyford while operating the Axe Valley Ass-branded 124 service last summer. STEPHEN GINN

The independent Mendip Mule Motorbus runs seasonal open-top tours along the scenic Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site using historic buses including what it says is ‘England’s only open-top single-deck in regular service’.

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